Movies, TV & Media

Dave Armstrong wrote an insightful review of this new film and some problematic theological issues. Here is his review:

I wanted to let you know about two recent posts of mine, concerning the new film, The Young Messiah. Based on what I have seen about how it presents Jesus’ knowledge (in other reviews), I’ve concluded that it has heresy in it. Briefly, it appears to present the view that young Jesus (age seven in the movie) did not yet know that He was God (or even the Messiah). 

This notion of developing consciousness of His own identity was, in fact, never taught by the Church fathers or the magisterium of the Church. It first arose with various early heresies, and then was revived and developed much further by modernist theologians after 1800. It looks like it has become quite fashionable today, and has been picked up even by those who are otherwise orthodox, and seek to be orthodox and obedient to the Church.

In my first post, I cited magisterial texts and extensively cited two theologians, Fr. William G. Most and Fr. Bertrand de Margerie, S. J., as well as critical reviews by Brad Miner and Neil Madden.

My second one, just put up in the last hour, is an abridged presentation of a wonderful 1922 book (a dissertation) that I found last night, on the young Jesus’ consciousness. Fr. Patrick Joseph Temple, S.T.L.  goes through the views of the Church fathers, the medievals, the early heretics, and then modernists after 1829, and does scriptural exposition of Luke 2:40-52, showing that orthodox Catholic tradition always taught that Jesus knew Who He was from conception (and possessed the Beatific Vision) as a result of the Hypostatic Union.

The problem is that many notable Catholics have already endorsed the movie, and now it is being extolled on Catholic radio as well. At this point, my view (which I believe to simply be that of orthodoxy and Catholic tradition) is a “minority” position. At least two bishops and a Cardinal have enthusiastically recommended it.

What can I say? It contains serious error. I have to call it as I see it, as a defender of the faith. If the magisterium teaches something (as best I can determine, through thorough research and consultation of experts), I accept it and defend it, as needs be. That’s a higher authority than statements from individual bishops. 

Anyway, if this interests and/or concerns you, you may want to check out my papers and judge for yourself (read both sides of this dispute). I think this is a very serious matter and that Catholics need to come to agreement on it. Heaven knows we have enough division these days, both in the Church and in the political arena.

POPE PIUS XII:
“…But the knowledge and love of our Divine Redeemer, of which we were the object from the first moment of His Incarnation, exceed all the human intellect can hope to grasp. For hardly was He conceived in the womb of the Mother of God, when He began to enjoy the beatific vision, and in that vision all the members of His Mystical Body were continually and unceasingly present to Him, and He embraced them with His redeeming love. O marvelous condesce.sion of divine love for us! O inestimable dispensation of boundless charity. In the crib, on the Cross, in the unending glory of the Father, Christ has all the members of the Church present before Him and united to Him in a much clearer and more loving manner than that of a mother who clasps her child to her breast, or than that with which a man knows and loves himself……” – MYSTICI CORPORIS CHRISTI, Pius XII.

STEVEN GREYDANUS’ THEOLOGICAL REVIEW: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/4635/on_jesus_human_knowledge_and_the_young_messiah.aspx

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 After 8 years, the new DVD in the Footprints of God series is now completed! We are taking pre-orders with a special offer. DVDs will ship at the end of March 2015!

ABRAHAM: FATHER OF FAITH & WORKS along with a Comprehensive Study Guide. 

The story of salvation from Abraham to Augustine he left his home and the false gods of his fathers to follow the God of glory. Mount your camels and journey back in time to discover Abraham, the only man called the “friend” of God. Born of a pagan family among ziggurat temples and foreign gods, Abraham obeyed the call of God. Leaving is homeland he journeyed to a far-off land. 

When required to sacrifice his only son, Abraham held his course, plunging absolute trust in God.

Join the adventurous Stephen Ray, best-selling author and popular Bible teacher, who takes you on an exciting journey through Iraq, Turkey, Palestinian territories and Israel. You’ll see Abraham’s hometown near Baghdad, where he offered Isaac as a sacrifice and the tomb of the patriarchs were Abraham is buried.

Learn how Abraham was justified before God by faith, obedience and good works. Join the sweeping saga, all in a fast-paced, entertaining biography, travel documentary, Bible study, apologetics course in church history study rolled into one remarkable adventure! Comprehensive study guide included.

Documentary filmed on location in Iraq, Turkey, Palestinian Territories and Israel

WRITTEN, HOSTED AND PRODUCED BY STEVE & JANET RAY  – PUBLISHED BY IGNATIUS PRESS 

ABRAHAM    $20.00

ALL EIGHT FOOTPRINT DVDs:  $160 with a free signed book offer.

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This got a chuckle out of me so I thought you might like it to. In a dream Marge sees Bart and Homer convert to the Catholic Church and go to Catholic heaven, leaving her behind in Protestant heaven, to her chagrin. Click here.

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Two Great Jewish Movies

January 3, 2015

Since we are in Jerusalem, I thought I would share two of our favorite Jewish movies. Recently watched “Everything is Illuminated” again. It is funny and profound about a young man (Elijah Wood – Frodo in “Lord of the Rings”) who discovers his Jewish past after Nazi fascists occupied Ukraine. It is one of my [...]

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New Movie Catholics Should Support

June 26, 2013

Tim Staples writes: As some of you know, I [Tim Staples] have a very small part in the up-coming movie, “Little Boy.” There are pre-screenings happening across the country right now. I play a “soldier in the hospital” and I have three lines. Thus begins and ends my Hollywood career. But seriously, I really believe [...]

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Game Show Nuns Hoping for $100,000 Win – Thursday Evening

May 23, 2013

Game Show Nuns Hoping for $100,000 Win Finale Airs Thursday SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2013 (Zenit.org) – A trio of Bible-expert nuns are hoping to be awarded $100,000 and a $10,000 bonus when they compete in Thursday’s finale of “The American Bible Challenge.” The three nuns, Sisters Peter Joseph, Maria, and Evangeline, are Dominican Sisters [...]

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Samples of the Lefts’ Response and Bias

April 20, 2013

These few samples demonstrate the mindset of the Left-controlled secular media – and they try to convince us they are fair-minded, smart and worthy to inform our country? Good grief America! Wake up!

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Interesting Updates on Boston Jihadist; the Lefts’ Reactions; Picture of the Murdered Catholic Boy, the Bomber and the Bomb

April 20, 2013

Second Boston jihad murderer arrested     Apr 19, 2013 09:07 pm | Robert One less jihadi on the street tonight. “Police arrest second suspect in Boston bombings,” from the Times of Israel, April 20: WATERTOWN, Mass. — Boston Police confirmed Friday night that the second suspect in Monday’s Boston bombings was arrested after a tense [...]

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Sisters Go to Final Round of Bible Contest

April 18, 2013

The three Bible experts from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, have secured a spot in the May 23 finale of “The American Bible Challenge” game show. Now, the sisters are hoping to win the “fan favorite” contest by winning the most votes from viewers. From today through Sunday, May 19, fans [...]

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FCC set to drop ban on f-word, nudity on television and radio stations nationwide

April 12, 2013

Go to this site to file your complaint. We don’t have television anymore, we got rid of it eight years ago, and no one missed it. But I filed my complaint anyway.

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Want Control of Movie Content for your Kids?

April 6, 2013

Check out http://www.enjoymoviesyourway.com/ I was informed: “At the moment there are similar products that allow dvd filtering like Clearplay but they don’t have the ability to do it on a computer and you can’t customize the filters yourself which enJoy does offer. “Traci, the creator of the product, initially developed it for her own family [...]

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Bishop Finn Comments on the Rogue “National Catholic Reporter”

January 30, 2013

Thought you would be interested to read this commentary by Bishop Finn, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, on his–and many other Catholics’–concern about the editorial content of “The National Catholic Reporter”. This paper is published in Kansas City and continues to promulgate stances that are not consistent with Catholic teaching. He issued this statement on [...]

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“2016″ Coming to a Theatre Near You

June 7, 2012

An important movie is coming this summer – It is called simply “2016″. Below is a trailer for the movie with a short talk and introduction by Dinesh D’Souza, college president in New York and author of many New York Times best sellers. The movie is from Gerald R. Molen, producer of Academy Award winning [...]

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October Baby

March 19, 2012

Many Catholics and lovers of good movies are promoting what looks like a great movie coming to theaters this Friday. Catholic News Services Review I thought you’d like to know about it:

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Are Those Girls Real?

February 23, 2012

Our daughters (and wives) are bombarded with unrealistic expectations about how they should look! They should be glamorous, sexy, beautiful, thin in all the right places and bulging in others. They should be tall, blond . . . . . . make sure your wives and daughters watch these excellent videos. By the way, us [...]

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I’m Drooling Already. Trailer for THE HOBBIT

December 21, 2011

But it won’t be released until December 2012. These folks are big teasers!

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